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SCR-55 California Cancer Survivors Day.(2019-2020)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 55

Relative to California Cancer Survivors Day.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 20, 2019. ]


SCR 55, Jackson. California Cancer Survivors Day.
This measure would designate June 2, 2019, as California Cancer Survivors Day, to coincide with National Cancer Survivors Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, treasured celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community in hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world. On National Cancer Survivors Day, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring; and
WHEREAS, National Cancer Survivors Day is a diverse day of acknowledgment of our cancer survivor community for everyone, whether a cancer survivor, family member, friend, or medical professional, to celebrate the cancer survivors in their community as well as to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their condition; and
WHEREAS, This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer, including America’s more than 15.5 million cancer survivors and more than 32 million people worldwide, to celebrate and connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life; and
WHEREAS, Due to advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and followup care, more people than ever before are surviving the disease. More than 15.5 million Americans and more than 32 million people around the world are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer; and
WHEREAS, Surviving cancer can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Cancer survivors are also at greater risk for developing second cancers and other health conditions; and
WHEREAS, Cancer survivors may face numerous challenges during and after treatment, including (1) limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments; (2) denial of health insurance and life insurance coverage; (3) difficulty finding jobs; and (4) economic burdens due to mounting medical expenses, lost wages, and reduced productivity; and
WHEREAS, In addition to these challenges, cancer survivors may face emotional struggles, strains on personal relationships, and profound fear of cancer recurrence. The effects of cancer do not simply end when treatment does; and
WHEREAS, National Cancer Survivors Day is more than a celebration of cancer survivors, but also a call to action to continue to find and establish more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors, both during and after treatment, because the effects of cancer do not end when their treatment ends. The Legislature urges everyone who participates in National Cancer Survivors Day celebrations to not only recognize those who are living with a history of cancer, but also raise awareness of the hardship cancer survivors face beyond treatment; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates Sunday, June 2, 2019, as California Cancer Survivors Day, to coincide with the 32nd annual National Cancer Survivors Day; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.